Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, December 28, four days before the Washington Redskins host the New York Giants.


Today's schedule: Practice 10:45; Jay Gruden and Kirk Cousins press conferences, player availability after practice approx. 11:45

Days until: Giants @ Redskins, New Year’s Day 4; Wild card playoff round starts 10; Division playoff round start 17

Injuries of note:
S Whitner (quad), C Long (ankle), CB Dunbar (concussion), TE Reed (shoulder), WR Jackson (jaw), RB Kelley (knee), LB Cravens (upper arm)
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First look at Redskins vs. Giants

Do they play to win the game? Ben McAdoo will say the Giants are going to play to win. So will all of the players. But that may not necessarily be the case. How long does Eli Manning play? And the offensive line has been banged up a lot this year. If McAdoo wants to rest some O-linemen will he keep Eli in? Will the score determine if/when he starts sending backups? There will be some talk but we won’t really know until the game starts unfolding on Sunday.

Eli takes a step back: One of the reasons why the Giants hired McAdoo to be their coach is that Manning’s experienced a career revival when McAdoo came in as Tom Coughlin’s offensive coordinator in 2014. Eli’s numbers aren’t back to where they were pre-McAdoo but compared to last year he is down in touchdowns, yards per attempt, and passer rating and up in interceptions. Hmmm, maybe the Redskins are hoping that he does play the whole game.


Norman vs. Beckham 3: I’m not sure how big a deal Norman vs. Beckham is going to be this time around. There weren’t much fireworks during the Week 3 game in the Meadowlands and, of course, the Redskins have far more important things on their minds than any sort of individual matchup. Also, if McAdoo senses that Beckham is getting rattled he can sit him out for a series or two or just give him the rest of the day off. The matchup will get some play but there are far more important matters at hand.

Leaders: Passing, Manning 3,847 yards; Rushing, Rashad Jennings 541 yards; Receiving Beckham 96 rec., 1323 yds., 10 TD; Interceptions, Landon Collins 5; Sacks Olivier Vernon 8.5

Three and out: The Giants defense is the polar opposite of the Redskins D in one important aspect—they are first in the NFL in both red zone defense and goal to go defense . . . The time to get to the Giants is early. They have been outscored 88-51 in the first quarter but they have an scoring edge in the other three periods . . . In addition to throwing 16 interceptions Manning has lost four fumbles.

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